Saturday, January 5, 2019

Books to Read in 2019: Recommendations from the RW Team

A new year, a new pile of books to read! All of us at RW have a favorite YA book, so if you are looking for a clean read for 2019, this list is for you! These are either our members' favorite of all time, or ones that they discovered in 2018!

Catherine Hawthorn:
Emily Climbs by Lucy Maud Montgomery.

I recently read the Emily books when I was visiting my "sis" Lia. This book was full of fun little scrapes between four friends, academic struggles and lots of character growth. It's a great coming-of-age novel, and it shows how someone can attain their vocation (in Emily's case, writing) despite all the obstacles that life can throw at them. 

Clare A.:
Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin.

This is the perfect book for someone who loves to read! The main character, Alice's, life is turned upside down when her boyfriend breaks up with her because she reads too much. She is delivering books to small town when she is abandoned there! She has to take care of the library there and learns that maybe it is time to make her own story. Note, there were a few bad words, and a little violence, but other than that, squeaky clean!

Faith Thompson:
All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater.

A book that takes the desert, turns it into a character, and brings it into your heart, this is the kind of story that we don't deserve, but that we can't help falling in love with. The conflict is quiet, and the story centers on one family--but it makes an impact nonetheless. Note, only ☆☆☆☆ for language as there is some profanity and curses, but very clean beside that!

Julian Daventry:
The Blades of Acktar by Tricia Mingerink.

So I read this series in 2018, and fell in love with it!!  Not only is it clean fantasy, it also has no magic, and lots of scripture references!  It may be a little more on the bloody side (after all, a number of characters are/used to be assassins, and there are very high stakes and torture and the like), but otherwise, no content to worry about.  Not preachy, but still full of the Gospel; and absolutely filled with adventure, cliff-hangers, and nail-biting scenes!

Keturah Lamb:
The Button Girl by Sally Apokedak.

This was one of those book gems that completely left me in love with book and author! YA Christian fantasy, but not of the cheesy sort. Relatable and riveting, with a strong theme centered around a young girl named Repentance who would rather die than be forced to "button" to a man and to breed slave babies for the evil overlords. But every choice she makes only leads her to more misery. Can she do anything without causing pain to others, or must she need accept that her life isn't hers to live?

Lila Kims:
Entwined by Heather Dixon.

It's extremely difficult to decide on a top favorite YA book, so I'm narrowing it down to my favorite YA fairy tale retelling, Entwined by Heather Dixon! This is a magical, feelsie novel that will sweep you up into the story and have you gripping your seat until the last page. Be warned that it gets rather creepy in regards to the villain, but other than that I don't think there's anything else of note. This is a clean read I highly recommend!

Melissa Gravatis:
Fawkes by Nadine Brandes.

It's a magical take on the story of Guy Fawkes, and combines magic and history in a whirlwind of fun, while also exploring what makes truth, well, true. Its strong characters draw you in, and by the end they'll have captured your heart!

We hope that your 2019 is filled with wonderfully clean books! And always remember to read and write rebelliously!


  1. I love the Emily series so much - and everyone's favorites! I hope all of our readers makes certain to try to read at least some of these titles ;D

  2. I will definitely be adding some of these to my TBR list!

  3. Great recs! Maybe this will be the push I need to FINALLY read All the Crooked Saints . . . we’ll see!

  4. All of these are going on my TBR now, great recs everyone! :D

  5. Wonderland Creek sounds soooo good!! And I'm DYING to read Fawkes and the Blades of Acktar! :D

  6. I've read Fawkes (good read, btw) and of course, the series I recommended...but everything else?? *shoves onto my TBR*

  7. I loved Entwined! And I haven't read most of these but Fawkes, All the Crooked Saints, and The Blades of Acktar sounds really good!